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BOCCHERINI, Luigi
b Lucca, Italy, 19 February 1743
d Madrid, 28 May 1805, aged sixty-two

He came from an artistic family; his father was a cellist and bass-player. Luigi became a concert cellist, and in 1757 went with his father to play in the Court theatre orchestra in Vienna. In 1766 he made an extensive concert tour, mainly to Paris and in 1768 he went to Madrid where, in 1770, he was appointed to the service of the Infante.

1765 (22)

La confederazione, opera

1786 (43)

La Clementina, opera

1801 (58)

Stabat Mater

Boccherini also composed:

Four cello concerti

Twenty symphonies, including eight concertantes

Twenty-one sonatas for piano and violin

Six sonatas for violin and bass

Six sonatas for cello and bass

Six duets for two violins

Forty-eight trios for two violins and cello

Twelve trios for violin, viola and cello

Eighteen quintets for flute or oboe, violins, viola and cello

Twelve quintets for piano, two violins, viola and cello

Over a hundred quintets for two violins, viola and two cellos

Twelve quintets for two violins, two violas and cello

Sixteen sextets for various instruments

Two octets for various instruments

Vocal works, totalling 467 in all, including a mass for four voices and instruments; a Christmas cantata and fourteen concert arias and duets with orchestra

One suite for full orchestra

Over a hundred string quartets

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